2010 Survey Shows Recreational Fishing a Contributor to the Canadian Economy

Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the results of the 2010 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada which shows the importance of recreational fishing to Canadians, communities and the tourism sector. The 2010 survey is the eighth in a series produced every five years since 1975. The survey provides the definitive assessment of recreational fishing in Canada.

“Recreational fishing not only brings friends and family together to enjoy the great outdoors, it also bolsters our economy by attracting tourists and creating jobs” said Minister Ashfield. “We will conserve and protect these fish and their habitat to help ensure this fishery continues to benefit Canadians for years to come.”

Minister Ashfield, Jerry Mitrovich, President of the St. Catharines Game and Fish Association and Charles Clark, past president

Minister Keith Ashfield announces the results of the 2010 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada at the St. Catharines Fish and Game Association headquarters. (From leftt to right: Minister Ashfield, Jerry Mitrovich, President of the St. Catharines Game and Fish Association and Charles Clark, past president and long standing member.)

Recreational fishing contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. In 2010, anglers generated $8.3 billion to local economies, an increase of 10% over 2005.

“Our government recognizes the contribution local fisheries make to the Canadian economy, especially in rural areas,” added Minister Ashfield. “We will continue to work with our partners to protect Canada’s valuable and natural oceans, lakes, and rivers for future generations.”

The 2010 survey found that over 3.3 million adult anglers participated in a variety of recreational fishing activities in Canada, essentially the same number as in 2005. Anglers fished for over 43 million days. Almost 93% of activity occurred in fresh water. Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over two million trips within Canada in 2010.

The survey presents detailed information about recreational fishing activities in all provinces and territories and describes the economic contribution to the Canadian economy. The survey was conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in cooperation with provincial and territorial fisheries and licensing agencies. To access the complete survey online, visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

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For more information:

Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-990-7537

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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